Max Coppoolse (MA) graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a master’s degree in industrial psychology. After graduation, Max worked at Unilever for 11 years, and was responsible for the implementation of the restructuring for the Unilever meat/soup and tinned food group in the Netherlands.
Max gained experience in reorganizing companies in Africa by his employment as the team leader of an international team which reorganized United Africa Company (UAC) based in Lagos Nigeria, a company responsible for up to 10% of worldwide profits of Unilever. Companies with turnovers of EUR 100 million to EUR 500 million were fully restructured using a greenfield approach.
After returning to the Netherlands, Max joined KPN in 1990 as General Manager Business and Mobile Communication, and was responsible for a turnover EUR 600 million per year and oversaw 7000 employees. Following his career in general management, Max was employed by Philips from 1993 to 1998 in various functions, ranging from CEO of Philips Malaysia to General Manager of two media subsidiaries of Philips. In 2000, Max joined Vodafone, where he served as a Director Special Projects.
In 2003, Max became COO of PharmAccess Foundation and was responsible for all operations of PharmAccess Foundation. In this function, Max gained extensive experience in the health sector in Africa. In 2007, Max became the Managing Partner of IFHA.